Ghozlan, Syrian refugee living in Za’atari Camp, taking part in the Greenhouse project. Credit: Alixandra Buck/Oxfam

No hope of earning an income for Syrian women in Jordan

Aisha Shtiwi Humanitarian, Refugees and IDPs, Women's Economic Empowerment Leave a Comment

As decision makers meet in Brussels to discuss the situation of Syrian refugees, Aisha Shtiwi shares the story of Ghozlan, one of millions of women refugees who can’t access work. “Our suffering started when we arrived. I went to every single place to find work in the camp, but no one hired me”, said Ghozlan, a young Syrian woman we …

Deconstructing gender identities and power structures

Daniel Morchain Climate Change, Gender Leave a Comment

Can working within existing structures lead to breakthroughs in gender equality? Daniel Morchain reflects on the contrast between points of view at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings last month. The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, organised by UN Women, was just getting underway. ‘Colonisation is a huge problem in Canada and we …

Women’s rights in South Sudan: How do you empower women in a country in conflict?

Tim Bierley Conflict, Gender Leave a Comment

How do you help empower women in a conflict zone? In South Sudan, Oxfam is pushing to help women make money through agriculture and small businesses, with the aim of boosting their ability to claim their rights in the household and community. In this podcast Anne Daniel Ali, Director-General of the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare in Wau State, …

Gender, development, and the challenge of intersectionality

Marion Sharples Gender, General Leave a Comment

On International Women’s Day Marion Sharples from the Gender and Development Network reflects on the importance of understanding intersecting oppressions. In the field of gender and development, intersectionality has emerged as a new framework for understanding oppression and building inclusion—but it has proven a difficult concept to put into practice. The Gender & Development Network (GADN), a London-based network with …

Government budgets that work for women and girls

Nguyen Thu Huong Active citizenship, Gender, Governance Leave a Comment

What could putting females, and other genders, at the heart of government budgets look like? Clare Coffey and Nguyen Thu Huong introduce a new tool to help. We all know that money matters and how governments collect and spend their budgets is a case in point. We need governments budgets because they fund schools and teachers, hospitals and staff. But …

Starting a dialogue with men. Loknathpur, Odisha. Photographer- Subrata Biswas for Oxfam India

The power of radio

Shivanee Harshey Gender, ICT4D Leave a Comment

For World Radio Day Shivanee Harshey explains how Oxfam India was able to take their message about gender based violence to new audiences through a popular radio show. Radio is a powerful means of communicating at scale. You can make good radio, interesting radio, compelling radio even, without an urgent question or a burning issue. In the development sector our …

Line-workers make trousers and jackets for international brands at a garment factory in Dong Nai province, Vietnam, on November 21, 2017. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Four ways to make trade work for gender equality

Marion Sharples Gender, Inequality, Women's Economic Empowerment Leave a Comment

How can trade work for, not against, gender equality? Marion Sharples shares the key messages from a recent webinar hosted by Oxfam and the Gender and Development Network. Women’s economic empowerment is flavour of the month in policy circles, and international trade is seen as a key lever to getting there. However, the conversation often centres on including women in …

Three women walking down the main road of Cirhogole Village. DRC. Credit: Ramon Sanchez Orense/Oxfam

Working with men in the most dangerous place to be a woman

Augustin Titi Rutanuka Fragile contexts, Gender, General, Protection, Violence Against Women and Girls Leave a Comment

The Democratic Republic of Congo has become renowned for incredibly high levels of sexual violence. Oxfam partner CEDIER has been working to engage men in the DRC, to tackle some of the widespread beliefs and practices which contribute to making this such a dangerous place for women. Over the last 20 years, the DRC has been characterized by internal armed …

Women's rights activists taking part in the regional conference, in Beirut, December 2017. Credit: KAFA

A model law to tackle violence against women

Farah Kobaissy Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls Leave a Comment

In December Oxfam’s partner in Lebanon, KAFA, launched a ‘Regional Model Law on Violence against Women and Girls in the Arab Countries.’ Here Farah Kobaissy reflects on this historic step for women’s rights in the region. Our region is characterized by gender inequality. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is largely seen as a private issue – to be dealt …